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Deck The Halls
20+ Knitted Christmas Ornaments
Various Authors

Annies Craft Store (Distributed in the UK by Search Press)
31 August 2015/ ISBN 9781573676939
How-To Books/Knitting / Holiday / Christmas

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Knit a houseful of Christmas decorations with this fun pattern book. Both the front and back covers are filled with small photographs of some of the projects so you can see right away what is in store, a good touch. This also stresses the fact that this is a book of patterns rather than a book that teaches knitting, and some experience is required to tackle any of the pieces. Each project in the Annies series has a rating of between one and four and these are all either three (intermediate) or in a couple of cases four (experienced) so this is not a book for the knitting novice. To jog your memory there is a double page spread at the back showing the basics, abbreviations, table of yarns weights and explanation of the skill levels.

The projects themselves manage to be both traditional and contemporary in one go, a neat feat. Choose from figures like a snowman, reindeer, elf, Santa etc to hang up or go for mitten bunting, baubles, fun sweater shaped decorations or Nordic styled pieces, to name a few. The emphasis here is on things to hang up whether on the walls or the tree and most are ideal for using up scraps of yarn. Each pattern has a large photograph of the finished piece in situ together with written instructions (apart from one cable chart), finished size, skill level, notes and list of what you need. This is a book that flops open easily magazine style and the instructions are very well laid out for easy reading. I can imagine this book coming out every year as cherished handmade heirlooms are created.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015